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Mark Rogers

Fort Wayne police officer admits to rape

Fort Wayne police officer Mark Rogers admitted Thursday to raping a woman he arrested for OWI nearly a year ago.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the 46-year-old also pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and official misconduct. Additional charges of rape and misdemeanor false informing will be dismissed when he is sentenced.

The Class B-felony charge of rape to which Rogers pleaded guilty states that the woman was so mentally deficient or disabled she was unable to consent to sex, according to court documents.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rogers will serve no more than six years in prison, home detention, work release or some form of an executed sentence.

Rogers, a crime scene technician with 19 years on the police department, was working on a drunken driving enforcement patrol Sept. 1 and picked the woman up for driving while intoxicated, according to court documents filed this week.

Because of her level of intoxication, she vomited, so Rogers took her to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. After she was released, Rogers put her in handcuffs in the back of the squad car and then drove her to a park where he sexually assaulted her. After the assault, Rogers drove her home, according to court documents.

Rogers' status within the Fort Wayne Police Department was unknown as of late Thursday morning.